take the load off

take the load off (one's feet)

To sit down and rest one's feet; to relax. (Usually said as a suggestion.) Why don't you go take the load off for a while, and I'll fix dinner for tonight? Ah, you've finally arrived! Come on in and take the load off your feet.
See also: load, off, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take the load off

Sit down, relax, as in I wish you'd take some time and take the load off. A shortening of take the load off one's feet, this colloquial phrase dates from about 1940. It is sometimes put as take a load off.
See also: load, off, take
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Railways have plans ready to lay new tracks besides starting work on three new freight corridors that will further take the load off the tracks and increase the average speed of passenger trains.
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